Job Posting 75329

Communications and Engagement Lead
Coalition of Hamilton Indigenous Leadership
Hamilton area
May be working remotely as well.
closed 6 days ago (Mon, 20 Sep)
full time - term / contract  •  $35.oo to $45.00 per hour commensurate with experience

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications & Engagement Lead is responsible for coordinating strategic communications on behalf of the Coalition of Hamilton Indigenous Leadership (CHIL). The Communications & Engagement Lead will nurture strong relationships with the Indigenous community by developing and coordinating CHIL’s community and online presence through traditional and digital communications, including social media. Working closely with a graphic designer, the Communications & Engagement Lead will re-design and re-invigorate CHIL’s website.


1. Manage Complex Strategies:
o Lead the development of CHIL’s communication strategy
o Strengthen CHIL’s online presence by re-designing the CHIL website (alongside a web developer) and creating CHIL’s social media channels
o Ensure accurate and comprehensive digital and traditional content (visual and written) to engage and inform the Indigenous community of Hamilton
o Lead development of CHIL public and internal content, including newsletters, press releases, posters, and presentations
2. Community Engagement & Relations:

o Support the development and nurturing of relationships with local Indigenous groups, organizations, and agencies
o Be the direct contact for all media related inquiries and facilitate interviews/follow-up with the appropriate spokesperson(s)
o Support CHIL with the organization and execution of community gatherings (virtual and in-person) to engage the Indigenous community of Hamilton as well as partners in the work of CHIL
o Regularly review community engagement platforms (online and in-person) to respond to comments and requests by community members in a manner that reflects the values of CHIL
o Attend relevant community gatherings (in person and virtual) to build relationships, share information and identify future opportunities for CHIL to support the Indigenous community of Hamilton

3. Strategic Communications Advice and Support:
o Work closely with CHIL staff to develop a social media calendar promoting relevant Indigenous programs, services, resources, and community events/initiatives
o Monitor and analyze emerging trends at the local and national scale
o Advise and manage CHIL’s response to issues relevant to the Indigenous community of Hamilton.
o Develop proactive communications that support the values and mission of CHIL
4. Measurement:
o Monitor effectiveness of communication and engagement strategies
o Report and advise on the effectiveness of communications and engagement strategies through tracked measurements and targets
5. Other
o Other communications and engagement-related duties as required


Qualifications and Experience

• Degree or equivalent in communications, public relations, marketing, or related field
• Minimum of 2 years working for an Indigenous agency or Indigenous-focused initiative
• Minimum of 2 years working in public relations or communications


Exceptional interpersonal, written, and verbal communications skills including the ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy with diverse groups of community members and stakeholders

• Collaborative team player who has the capacity to work with staff, community partners and community members in a cooperative and supportive manner
• Demonstrated ability to develop clear, accurate, and engaging content (visual and written) targeted to different audiences
• Ability to set priorities and manage time effectively
• Possess a high level of accountability and proven capability to identify opportunities, take initiative and plan accordingly
• Experience supervising staff and managing outside vendors/contractors
• Demonstrated advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Publisher), Adobe products and other creative software
• Previous relevant experience working with Indigenous communities
• Demonstrated awareness of local First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures and communication needs
• Experience and understanding of working with various levels of government is an asset
• Understanding of, and commitment to, CHIL values, mission, and vision

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